Governor’s Politics Are Interfering With an Already Slow Recovery in Puerto Rico FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享E&E News:The outlook for the restoration of Puerto Rico’s ravaged power grid took a backward step after Gov. Ricardo Rosselló hinted he would challenge the appointment of an emergency manager for grid recovery that was announced Wednesday by the bankrupt island’s federal oversight board.The Puerto Rico Financial Oversight and Management Board, which Congress established to oversee the U.S. territory’s fiscal crisis, had moved to wrest control of the halting grid recovery efforts away from the island’s utility, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), which reports to Rosselló.But in a combative statement following that announcement Wednesday, Rosselló asserted that the management of Puerto Rico’s public companies “rests exclusively on democratically elected officials,” potentially setting the stage for a legal tussle over the utility’s future.The board picked its revitalization coordinator, Noel Zamot, a retired Air Force colonel and native Puerto Rican, to serve as “chief transformation officer” for emergency power restoration and future, undefined efforts to build a more modern, resilient power network on the island.If the governor takes the issue to court, it will set up conflict with the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA), enacted by Congress in June 2016.If the governor battles the federal oversight board’s choice for new leadership at PREPA, it will get no support from PREPA’s electricity workers’ union, the Unión de Trabajadores de la Industria Eléctrica y Riego (UTIER).The head of the union, Ángel Figueroa Jaramillo, said in an email that federal overseers are legally able to unseat PREPA’s board and its CEO. “This action by [PROMESA] confirms UTIER’s denunciations of the bad management, corruption and incompetence of the management and of Ricardo Ramos during the emergency occasioned by Hurricane Maria,” Jaramillo wrote.Tom Sanzillo, finance director for the Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis in Puerto Rico, a business and environmental advocacy group, said “I think the board’s authority to do this [appoint Zamot] is pretty explicit.”The PROMESA legislation gave the oversight board authority to oversee Puerto Rico’s “public agencies,” which would define PREPA.Rosselló needs to see the oversight board as his partner, not his opponent, Sanzillo added.“There are times when a governor has to draw a line” with Washington, said Sanzillo, former acting comptroller of the state of New York. “But this is a fight over something that screams out for oversight. He’s trying to defend a system that has produced one bad contract and one bad decision after another. He’s just wrong.”More: Tensions build over control of Puerto Rico utility
Advocate Jacob Mudenda, the Speaker of Parliament, has ruled that the MPs that left the MDC-T to form UMDC will no longer be allowed to sit in parliament and their seats are now vacant which has set up the country for another string of by-elections.The 21 MDC-T legislators, 17 from the National Assembly and four Senators have had their seats declared vacant after they were recalled by their party for forming a new political outfit,with Welshman Ncube’s MDC, which they call UMDC.The legislators were under threat of losing their seats for some time after Zanu PF MP for Buhera West Oliver Mandipaka on 5 March raised a point of order in the National Assembly saying they were in the House illegally.The MPs that left the MDC-T, among them former secretary-general Tendai Biti, crossed over to the MDC Renewal Team, before forming a joint political party with Welshman Ncube’s MDC, which they call UMDC.Mandipaka suggested they should now be expelled from Parliament like former Headlands MP Didymus Mutasa and Hurungwe West MP Temba Mliswa.
BLACKSBURG, VA — Syracuse (11-7, 4-3 Atlantic Coast) beat Virginia Tech (13-5, 4-3), 71-69 in a game that nearly fell out of control. The Orange controlled the game in the first half, yet the Hokies cut the lead to three points once and then to just a point with less than two minutes remaining in the game. Despite a game-icing shot misfiring from Elijah Hughes, the Orange held on.Here are three takeaways from the game.In the doghouseAfter an early timeout and Virginia Tech’s second-straight 3-pointer to jump out to a seven-point lead, Bourama Sidibe waltzed to the bench when he was immediately met by a furious Jim Boeheim who wagged his finger in Sidibe’s face. For nearly a minute, Boeheim hollered at Sidibe, who shook his head and slouched his shoulders. Since he had been in the game, a part of a season-long struggle, Sidibe committed fouls, allowed offensive rebounds against smaller players and failed to rotate properly on defense.Sidibe was replaced by Quincy Guerrier, who the Orange found success with. When Sidibe returned, his clear height advantage sometimes showed. Sidibe finished inside when he was open and pulled down an offensive board, but another over-the-back foul caused Boeheim to approach him again.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCool it, Buddy During a first-half stretch when Hughes went dormant, Buddy Boeheim erupted for 18 points on 7-13 shooting from the field. Over and over again, Buddy was the first person Syracuse looked for at the beginning of the possession and the last one to watch it fall through the net.Buddy’s first shot was an air-ball that caused the crowd to chant playful jeers, and from that moment the sophomore looked for his shot on every possession. He tried tough step-backs, spot-up 3-pointers and looked to shoot every time of the catch. After Guerrier pulled down an offensive rebound, he dumped the ball out to Buddy to start a new possession, but Buddy fired right away. The shot started an eight-point stretch for Buddy alone, including a tough layup finish and a deep pull-up 3-pointer in transition.SU head coach Jim Boeheim called him “the best shooter on the team” two games prior in a win over Virginia, and Buddy played like it. He took the shots the best shooter takes and made many of them seemingly with ease.A near-collapse Though the shots were not falling, Hughes continued to put his head down and drive into the rim. His first step wasn’t quick enough, so he turned his back to the rim and muscled his way inside. His turnaround floater fell, and Hughes trailed the referee down the court, begging him to look closer at the contact that had caused him so much trouble earlier. The shot was Hughes’ second make in nine attempts. The ball came to him often, but the Orange’s best player didn’t deliver.Buddy had cooled off from an electric first-half, and the Orange searched for alternative options. They still looked to get Buddy shots, but most of the time SU was cut off by a Virginia Tech team that tightened its man defense to deny Buddy the ball. And when the Orange lost its scoring touch, the Hokies gained theirs. The Hokies hit multiple 3-pointers in a row and cut the lead to three. The stretch provided flashbacks to Syracuse’s collapse in the Carrier Dome earlier in the year. Even when it seemed like the Orange inched closer away, a 3-pointer quickly changed the game. In the end, the Orange hung on just enough to get the win. Comments Published on January 18, 2020 at 2:07 pm Contact Michael: email@example.com | @MikeJMcCleary Facebook Twitter Google+